Von Braun

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von Braun

(formerly Lavoisier D)

Lat: 41.1°N, Long: 78.0°W, Diam: 60 km, Depth: km, Rükl: 8

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LO-IV-183H The strong shadow on the left is from 49-km Lavoisier E. Below it is 25-km Lavoisier B, also with a strong shadow. Just outside von Braun’s northeast rim is the rather inconspicuous 17-km Harding B. It is on the southern rim of what looks like an ancient unnamed crater.


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Description: Wikipedia

von Braun

Additional Information

  • In LO-IV-183H, the isolated shadows in von Braun are not well suited for estimating the crater depth. The shadow in Lavoisier E (which does not appear to extend fully to the floor) indicates height differences of 2000-2200 m. Lavoisier B is 1600-1700 m deep. - JimMosher
  • A floor-fractured crater


  • Named for Wernher von Braun, a German-American rocket pioneer (1912-1977).
    • Image below is of von Braun standing aside a framed copy of The Huntsville Times front page that was presented to him in announcement of the launch of Explorer 1. Under the direction of von Braun, the satellite was launched aboard the Juno 1 rocket (constructed from a modified Jupiter C rocket) on 31 January 1958, and carried a scientific payload to measure, for the first time, the Van Allen radiation belt. - JohnMoore2
      Credit: NASA Images
  • This replacement name for a formerly lettered crater was approved in 1994 (IAU Transactions XXIIB).
  • Rimae Von Braun (an unofficial name from D.Caes for the system of rilles on the floor of Von Braun).

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